Buckeyes Cruise Past Bellarmine, 101-48

Ashley Adams recorded 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocks Sunday.
Ashley Adams recorded 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocks Sunday.

Nov. 3, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Sophomore Ameryst Alston led five Buckeyes in double figures with 20 points and classmate Cait Craft added 15 as Ohio State cruised past visiting Bellarmine, 101-48, Sunday at Value City Arena in their only exhibition of the preseason.

Senior Ashley Adams and sophomore Maleeka Kynard added 14 each and junior Raven Ferguson had 12 to round our Ohio State's scoring leaders. Adams added seven rebounds and three blocks in 19 minutes while Ferguson grabbed a game-high eight boards.

In their first unofficial appearance under new head coach Kevin McGuff, the Buckeyes looked poised from start to finish, committing only eight turnovers and forcing 28 that led to 41 Ohio State points at the other end.

"I thought that part was very good," McGuff said. "Especially with a new offense and a new way of doing things. Regardless of who we are playing, being able to take care of the ball like that is a good sign.

"Overall, I liked our effort, I liked our enthusiasm and our willingness to share the ball. I liked the fact that everyone was trying to do the right things, we just need to keep getting better. The teams that stay committed to getting better are the teams that will reach their potential and we need to be one of those teams."

The Buckeyes took control of the game late in the first half. Leading by nine, 36-27, with 3:07 left, Kynard's steal and layup sparked a 21-2 run that extended into the second half and Ohio State found themselves up, 57-29, just minutes into the second half. A layup by Amy Scullion six minutes later capped a 13-2 run, pushing the Ohio State lead to 76-34 with 10 minutes left in the game.

Ohio State jumped out to a 49-28 lead at halftime behind 12 points from Alston and 10 by Craft. After opening up a 10-point lead 18-8, Bellarmine scored five straight points to cut the deficit in half. But Ohio State responded with a 10-2 run to push the lead to 13, 28-15, with 5:42 left before Ohio State closed the half on a 13-1 run to lead by 21 at the break.

Junior Shelbi Honeycutt added eight points off the bench, followed by seven and six from seniors Martina Ellerbe and Darryce Moore, respectively. Lisa Blair, who sat out last season, added three points and three rebounds in her first game donning the Scarlet and Gray. Scullion finished with three points and six boards.

Jessica Hardin led Bellarmine with 11 points and seven rebounds.

The Buckeyes begin playing for keeps at 5:30 p.m. Friday at West Virginia before the home opener next Sunday vs. FAU at 2 p.m.